Glowing on a Budget: Affordable Highlighters for Dark Skin

Finding the right highlighter for dark skin tones can be similar to the hunt for foundation - it's tough.

If you're looking for highlighters that won't leave you looking like ashy but still pigmented enough to give you a goddess worthy, sun-kissed glow, you'll love this list.

We only selected highlighters under $30 USD so you can get a fresh-faced glow all year round without breaking the bank.

Black Radiance Baked Bronzed Powder in Rose Gold

We'll have to forgive the faux pas of Black Radiance creating this as a bronzer as opposed to a highlighter.

Since it's the it's the only product on this list that's less than $5, we're happy to ignore the bronzer listing and enjoy the affordable glow. affordable highlighters for dark skin

Swatches by Cocoaswatches

MFMG Cosmetics Highlighter in Taj Mahal 

It's hard not to be excited about a cruelty-free, paraben-free option made exclusively for dark skin women that retails for $21. This bronzey gold is a must for melanin-rich makeup lovers that want a buildable glow that can transition easily from day at work to night on the town. 

With one swipe pigmentation, a little goes a long way for everyday wear and it can be layered for those days that you want your cheekbones showing from a distance

Best highlighters for dark skin

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

At $26 for 0.16oz of product, this product is on the higher side of our affordable list. Really pigmented, you would have to look elsewhere if you are looking for just a subtle glow. This medium, buildable coverage will give you the shimmer you need. 

Swatches by Tammy Clarke

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder 

Made with light-reflecting pearls, the Milani Strobelight is a steal at $10. Out of the powders in this collection, the Glowing shade, a bronze pearl shade, is the best bet for dark skin tones. If you want an affordable highlighter that doesn't look like glitter, opt for Instant Glow 

 

 

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